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5 steps to an impressive research paper

If your first reaction when a professor assigns a research paper involves sweaty palms, increased heart rate or a stomach tied in knots, you’re not alone. Many college students dread writing research papers because the process can seem grueling and much more stressful than simply studying material for an upcoming exam.

Writing a research paper becomes all too common during one's college years. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Writing a research paper becomes all too common during one’s college years. (Credit: Quick Meme)

The good news is that there are many readily available resources you can use to ensure you get a good grade on your research paper – you just have to know where to find them. That’s where we come in. Read on for the five steps to follow if you want a stellar research paper. Read more

Ethnic and gender bias found in college mentorship requests

Student success in academics should not be based on race or gender. Yet in a recent study, researchers found ethnic and gender discrimination in professors’ responses to requests from doctoral students for counseling and mentorship. In scholarly articles on recent study findings, sociology researchers are offering ways to counter racial and gender bias.

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

Study: professors asked for mentorship

The study was conducted by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor of operations and information management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with collaborators Modupe Akinola of Columbia University and Dolly Chugh of New York University. Read more

Economic theory: Consult academic journals for relevant topics

Economic theory can help show you the right model for the current and future market. (Credit: Jon Berkely)

Economic theory can help show you the right model for the current and future market. (Credit: Jon Berkely)

For good research paper topics for your economic theory course, consult academic journals, search the Internet and read scholarly articles for relevant topics in today’s study of economic theory and modeling. Do today’s economic models work? Should modeling reflect expectations of the market? Should the field of economics be overhauled in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008? These are some topics to consider for your economics term paper.

Economic models that reflect expectation

One topic could be to write about economic modeling versus expectations. In the wake of the global financial crisis, some economists think macroeconomic theory and policy should focus not only on the analysis of monetary policy rules but also on decisions about individual policy actions. Read more

Abnormal psychology good research paper topics

Illustration of Schizophrenia's effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

Illustration of Schizophrenia’s effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

If your next research paper that’s due is on the subject of abnormal psychology, here are some tips for finding good research paper topics. You can consult scholarly articles on abnormal psychology or recent science articles; there are the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the Casebook in Abnormal Psychology and library databases. One trend in abnormal psychology you might write about is body dysmorphic disorder.

You can choose from many topics under the umbrella of “abnormal psychology” such as eating disorders, antisocial behavior, cannibalism, multiple personalities, narcissism, Oedipus complex, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-mutilation, separation anxiety, social pathology and suicide. Read more

How to use keyword search tools to find scholarly articles for your research paper

Google Digitization signs are all over libraries at The University of Michigan. (Credit: Andrew Turner)

Google Digitization signs are all over libraries at The University of Michigan. (Credit: Andrew Turner)

Even if you know what you want to write about in your next research paper, it can be a challenge to find the right scholarly articles. With a deadline looming, you need to have strategies to help you save time. Keyword search tools are going to be the best way to navigate through the many databases at your disposal. How do you get the most out of these information repositories? Let’s take a look at some best practices.

Research databases

Google is a great search engine for finding just about anything. But it isn’t always the best tool for doing your research papers. Read more